: 600 MHz vs. 860 MHz in Ontario
2007-11-13, 12:13 PM
Thanks Homer. I'll do that.
I've noticed that my HD-CBS is good one day, and staticky the next day, then goes back to stable and clear for the next few days. So, whenever I record the HD channels, I might or might not get a good recording. I hope when I add the new additional HD channels, that they don't also get this way.
Heck, at least its better now than last month when I was on 600MHz... :D
2007-11-13, 02:42 PM
lawman, the CBS HD channel (Detroit) is the best hd channel we have from many points of view. If you have a problem with that channel I would get Rogers out right away.
2007-11-14, 01:49 PM
Thx otown47. Will get Rogers to check it out.
2007-11-20, 03:47 PM
Talked to Rogers today, and as normal they have 'no ETA for the work to be done in (my) area' (AKA, north west of waterloo some of the Grandriver area).
Maybe someday. :-)
2007-12-05, 10:11 AM
Now that I have the full HD line up available, I phoned Rogers to complain about the 4-month free PVR deal that I had signed up for in mid-July only being "useful" to me now that I have the 860 Mhz signal, and sure enough, they gave me another 3 months of free PVR rental.
Good work Rogers!
2007-12-06, 10:15 AM
I just got the classic run around. I called their tech support and they again said they can't tell me when the work will be done.
I then emailed them asking they dig into it instead of giving a boiler plate answer (and yes I was very very polite) and they told me to call tech support. The annoying part was I told them in the email that tech support was unable to answer my question....
It gets frustrating, you get a nice mail from rogers telling you it's coming in a month, and when you call two months later they tell you they have no ETA.
2007-12-08, 06:48 PM
Rogers has finally upgraded us. Looks like my favorite Rogers complaint is out the window.
So is anyone out there still on 600? Or is the entire Ontario network 860 now?
2007-12-10, 07:34 PM
Maybe your area was the last?
What will we all complain about now?
It’s the end of this thread.
2008-03-02, 03:22 PM
No, Midland (and probably Penetanguishene and area) are still on 600 Mhz service. I didn't even know about the distinction between 600/860 Mhz service until this weekend when I had Rogers installed using their "Ditch the Dish" promo. Only after I handed over my StarChoice HD PVR and the installer had left did I find out that the Rogers CSR who told me about the channels I would receive with the "HD Specialty Package" had failed to check whether it was available in my area.
So, we'll be missing Discovery HD and A&E HD, both channels that we enjoyed on StarChoice. We have just moved and StarChoice is no longer an option due to tree cover; however, I'm regretting that I didn't choose ExpressVu instead (prior owners had that - the trees aren't in the way of Bell's satellite). The Rogers CSR I spoke to after the installation seemed very surprised that we didn't have the higher bandwidth service and was not able to give me any idea when an upgrade might be scheduled.
2008-03-02, 04:10 PM
The Midland/Owen Sound channel line-up is quite clear on Rogers website (http://your.rogers.com/store/cable/ptv/programming/channel_lineups2.asp?SystemID=27&province=ON&cityName=27). Clearly Rogers has a long way to go to get the whole system up to 860 MHz.
But it's clearly 'bait-and-switch' which is an illegal business practice of offering you one thing, but you getting something less. So if you really want Bell, then I'm quite sure you'd have no problem getting them to cancel the whole deal and return the Starchoice hardware. Though the forum is full of people complaining about how compressed Bell's HD service compared to Rogers ... not sure how Starchoice ranks.
2008-03-02, 07:02 PM
You're right about the channel listing nfitz - I found it when I was investigating this morning. I hadn't looked at it before I signed up though - just the summary of the HD offerings more prominently featured on Rogers' website.
I've put in an email to Rogers to find out whether our service is being improved, so I'll see what they say. If an upgrade appears likely sometime this year, I'll just wait. Satellite has some disadvantages, definitely (rain fade, ugly dish on the side of the house, etc.).
I did find Starchoice's signal looked fairly compressed at times. I'm not sure what sort of compression they use, but it's definitely not up to modern standards.